In pursuance of article IV of the compact set forth in section 6113.01 of the Revised Code, there shall be three members of the Ohio river valley water sanitation commission from this state. The governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint two of such commissioners, each of whom shall be a resident and citizen of the state. The two commissioners so appointed shall not be of the same political party. Terms of office of the appointed commissioners shall be for six years, commencing on the thirtieth day of June and ending on the twenty-ninth day of June, except that the term succeeding the term which ended on June 29, 1972 shall commence on June 30, 1972 and end on June 29, 1976. Each commissioner shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Vacancies occurring in the office of any such commissioner from any reason or cause shall be filled by appointment by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Any commissioner appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any commissioner shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his term until his successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
The third commissioner from the state shall be the director of environmental protection ex officio, and the term of such commissioner shall terminate at the time he ceases to hold the office of director, and his successor as a commissioner shall be his successor as said director. With the exception of the issuance of any order under article IX of the compact, said ex officio commissioner may delegate, from time to time, to his designated representative the power to be present and participate, including voting, as his representative or substitute at any meeting of or hearing by or other proceeding of the commission.
The term of each of the initial three members shall begin at the date of the appointment of the two appointive commissioners, provided said compact shall then have gone into effect in accordance with article XI of the compact; otherwise such terms shall begin upon the date upon which said compact becomes effective in accordance with said article XI.
Any commissioner may be removed from office by the governor upon charges and after a hearing, but opportunity to be heard shall be given.
Effective Date: 08-21-1973 .